How To Treat Heartburn was established by Steve Hood to educate those with heartburn, acid reflux, GERD, silent reflux, esophageal spasms, and other related digestive disorders. All of these digestive disorders can be improved upon and in many cases eliminated entirely. How To Treat Heartburn would like to me your source for understanding and help.
Eliminating digestive issues is a challenge because we all respond differently to food and treatments. No one plan is right for everyone and all plans of action should be discussed and coordinated with the supervision of a medical practitioner.
About My Digestive Disorders:
I’m Steve Hood. I had terrible heartburn and esophageal spasms since I was a child. Almost 40 years! My symptoms led me to seek the care of many different doctors. I felt I could live with the heartburn and acid reflux, but the esophageal spasms I could no longer endure. They were growing worse and more frequent. The spasms would often last up to 8 hours. The pain level on a 1-10 scale was always a 10. Quite frankly, I wanted to die to escape the pain during those hours of torture. It was that bad!
I elected to have a gastroenterologist put a scope (camera) down my throat, take biopsies to check for esophageal cancer, look for a hiatal hernia, and a solution to another problem that had developed. I was having troubling swallowing. I would choke quite often and food was constantly getting stuck in my throat. I got choked at most meals. Something I found embarrassing.
What did the doctor find? Due to GERD (chronic acid reflux), stomach acid had damaged my esophagus forming a ring of scar tissue. This scar tissue caused a narrowing of my esophagus where food would get stuck or liquids would cause me to aspirate. The doctor dilated (stretched) the stricture that had formed which helped with swallowing, though I was told I’d have to have this procedure done every couple of years.
My doctor put me on PPIs (proton pump inhibitors) to reduce the high level of acid he found. This is all any doctor wanted to do for me in the past, mask my problems with drugs. I do believe in treating with drugs when necessary, but I knew there had to be a better way than taking PPI’s. I come from a family of medical professionals that believe in alternative medicine and healing through diet. I’ve joined their ranks as a wellness educator. I have researched extensively. I found healing and don’t want anyone to go through these discomforts or worse. It’s now my goal to help others in their quest for treatment.
I understand your pain and concerns. You are not alone. Millions suffer from heartburn every day. But you don’t have to suffer. There are ways to overcome heartburn, acid reflux, GERD, and other related digestive disorders through diet and lifestyle changes. I look forward to helping you. God bless! ~ Steve